Jeannette didn't lose much from WPIAL runner-up team, but replacing QB will be challenge
By Paul Schofield
Published: Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, 6:34 p.m.
Jeannette football coach Roy Hall shouldn't have many concerns about a team that graduated only a handful of starters from last year's 12-1 squad that dropped a heartbreaker to Aliquippa in the WPIAL Class AA title game.
But one of those grads was quarterback/safety Demetrious Cox, who now plays at Michigan State. Cox was a catalyst for the Jayhawks, who won the Interstate Conference.
“Demetrious was a true leader,” Hall said. “His teammates appreciated playing with him. But now someone else has to step up and assume his role.”
Jeannette is expected to again be the team to beat in the conference. That's why finding a quarterback is important.
The candidates for the job are senior Seth Miller, junior Michael Wise and sophomore Julian Batts.
“A lot of times competition brings out the best in someone, especially if someone is breathing down your neck,” Hall said. “We've always been a versatile team. It's good to have three or four players playing multiple positions.”
While the quarterback position may be unsettled, Hall has a bevy of other offensive weapons, headed by fullback Jordan Edmunds. Others expected to contribute offensively include Anthony Canady, Shavonta Craft, Chiron Alexander and Damon Morton.
Edmunds rushed for 925 yards and Craft, 786.
Jeannette returns a strong offensive line, which includes Matt Howard, Michael Edwards, Logan Hoak and tight end Brandon Krautz. Chris Smith is expected to help on both the offensive and defensive lines.
“We need to develop depth on the lines and make sure we get the right person in the right position,” Hall said. “The defense should be strong with the addition of Smith and Nathan Childs.”
Hall said he's not taking anything for granted in the conference. Washington is supposed to be strong, Mt. Pleasant is good, and Greensburg Central Catholic always competes for a conference title.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Kovacevic: A great day to appreciate No. 68
- Steelers safety Polamalu finds himself in tough position
- Orpik skates with injured teammates, not expected back soon
- Jeffrey Manning elected President Judge in Allegheny County
- Judge sends armed robbery case against Woodland Hills quarterback to juvenile court
- LeBeau wants to come back as Steelers defensive coordinator
- PIAA postpones Saturday’s championship games
- Pension board takes former Chief Harper’s pension away
- Industrial past inspires Fairmont’s ‘Garden of Titans’ holiday tree
- Tractor-trailer crash blocks traffic on Route 51
- Rare storm leaves Jerusalem snowed in